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I've become increasingly depressed by the candidate wars on this site lately.  Not the fact that we get entrenched and dispense with civility, but the increasing frequency with which some members of this community abandon honesty in order to score points for their chosen candidate.

Ultimately we are all Democrats and we ought to guard all of our candidates against unfair attacks.  With this in mind - as an Obama supporter I call your attention to an extremely unfair hit piece on John Edwards on the front page of MSN.

More after the jump.

If you go to the MSN landing page you'll see a picture of John Edwards with the caption:

John Edwards
Analysis: Where did his millions come from?

Click on it and you'll see an article By Tim Middleton:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com...

The headline reads:

How John Edwards makes his millions grow
Investments in limited partnerships, an offshore hedge fund and subprime-mortgage lenders have made this wealthy presidential candidate even richer

From the article:

Edwards is running as a populist, but profits on his stock investments alone would distance the candidate from the cause.

Edwards has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital gains from stock in Apple (AAPL, news, msgs), BP PLC (BP, news, msgs), Burlington Resources, Medtronic (MDT, news, msgs) and Schlumberger (SLB, news, msgs), the chief rival to Halliburton (HAL, news, msgs), where Vice President Dick Cheney was once CEO.

Please note that the word in bold were bolded in the article itself.  I show you this to point out how they disgustingly tried to make it look to the casual user that somehow Edwards had invested in Haliburton.  Could this possibly be an accident?

The gist of the article is clear.  Edwards has benefitted from the very system he decries.  This criticism is all well and good, but I for one am sick and tired of the media calling hypocrisy every time a Democratic candidate who stands for anything positive turns out to be less than perfect.

The system John Edwards became rich under was the system of the day.  He would like to change it to one that is morally defensible.  In order to do so was he supposed to operate under a different set of laws in order to look free of blemish?

As I made clear in my intro, I am not an Edwards guy.  I don't believe that Edwards has taken a greater hit in the media than any of the frontrunning candidates - and I surely don't buy the "they fear him" mantra of many of his most ardent supporters.  But I also think that ALL Democratic candidates take too many unfair hits in the media, and many of them even take unfair hits here at DKos.

I implore everyone here to register a complaint with MSN for this hit piece, and I additionally ask this community to treat all of our candidates as if they were your candidate when these attacks come out.  W eneed to circle the wagons.  Failing to do so weakens us all.    

   

Originally posted to snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:19 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They are all our candidates (21+ / 0-)

    Let's keep that in mind.

    When I look at Barack Obama, I think about John F. Kennedy, who leaped over Hubert Humphrey's generation to bring in fresh voices and fresh ideas.-Bill Moyers

    by snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:12:59 PM PDT

  •  Whine on, harvest moon. (2+ / 0-)
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    Geekesque, 0wn

    They also bolded Apple -- it's a style-guide thing for the site, as you can tell by reading any other article there.  

    It also looks like this author is doing the same analysis for all the candidates, and there's nothing wrong with arguing that candidates should be more socially conscious with their investing.  

  •  This was already diaried. (4+ / 0-)
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    snout, Potus2020, droogie6655321, BruceMcF

    Sadly, it's gotten to the point where it's like "well, at least this insubstantial smear isn't about his hair."

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:18:47 PM PDT

    •  I used the search function going back two days (1+ / 0-)
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      Geekesque

      I didn't see it there, so I diaried.

      My apologies for the repeat, but hopefully my call for unity makes this worthwhile on its own merits.

      When I look at Barack Obama, I think about John F. Kennedy, who leaped over Hubert Humphrey's generation to bring in fresh voices and fresh ideas.-Bill Moyers

      by snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:30:07 PM PDT

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      •  Meh. I'm tired of the Edwards Media (4+ / 0-)

        Persecution theme.

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:33:16 PM PDT

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        •  As am I (1+ / 0-)
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          Geekesque

          I mentioned as much in my diary.

          I am bothered by Democratic persecution.  The idea that you cannot call for positive change in this society without living like Mother Teresa is a specious and lazy theme in the media.  By nature it is levied on us almost exclusively because we are the only party that even talks in terms of positive change.

          In this case Edwards was the target.  All of our candidates get it at every turn.  I merely diaried the Edwards one to demonstrate that all of our candidates deserve our vigilence.

          Personally right now what I'm ticked off about is the shameless arguments being made by some Clinton partisans about the foreign leader debate issue.    

          When I look at Barack Obama, I think about John F. Kennedy, who leaped over Hubert Humphrey's generation to bring in fresh voices and fresh ideas.-Bill Moyers

          by snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:41:52 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Think we're NOT?? n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  You can't be rich and advocate for the poor! (4+ / 0-)

    Because the media says so dammit!

    Therefore you can't be straight and advocate for gay rights.  You can't be able and advocate for the disabled.  You can't be anything and advocate for any liberal cause; what convenient logic for the corporate media to use.

    But if you are rich and from an old new england family and you're a right-wing populist?  That's fine.  IYOKIYAR is the media's mantra.

    The only place where Republicans are anywhere close to responsible is in the dictionary.

    by DemDachshund on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:18:51 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary (2+ / 0-)
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    ThirstyGator, TomP

    snout!

    Uggh, it will only get worse.

    "I would not describe us, though, as a Christian nation I guess the word "Christian" is what bothers me, even though I'm a Christian" John Edwards

    by Chaoslillith on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:19:30 PM PDT

  •  Toughen up, snout. (0+ / 0-)

    If we can't handle this kind of stuff, we can't handle politics.  Boldfaces aside, this critique is totally legit.  I'm an Obama supporter and expect him to get the same scrutiny.  Why do Edwards people constantly raise the media bogeyman thing?  It's really tiresome...

  •  I think that (0+ / 0-)

    every single slimy media punditial asshat should make public exactly where their own damn money is. They're all hypocrites.

    "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." --Leia

    by crose on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:34:09 PM PDT

    •  It's one thing to attack the MSM when it plays (0+ / 0-)

      to our worst instincts - like Lindsay Lohan over Darfur, etc.  But beating up the media for investigating the finances of candidates?? Christ, that's what the Republicans say.  I'm not sure some so-called media critics on here realize how fundamentally reactionary a lot of this "criticism" is...I don't give a sh*t how some Wall Street Journal reporter invests his money - I assume the worst; I do want to know how potential leaders make these value judgments.

      •  They should investigate al of them (0+ / 0-)

        But the not-so-subtle editorializing of hypocrisy is beyond the pale.

        Just report the facts.

        When I look at Barack Obama, I think about John F. Kennedy, who leaped over Hubert Humphrey's generation to bring in fresh voices and fresh ideas.-Bill Moyers

        by snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:49:56 PM PDT

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        •  I hear you - (0+ / 0-)

          I don't necessarily see the investment thing as a huge issue for me either, but I guess the point is that someone might and the data should be out there.  The MSM coverage is of course at times AWFUL, but I don't like the progressive assault on media that I see here a lot - that's not our tradition.  Repubs hate the media and its prying.  We shouldn't be suggesting that we do too.

          •  I don't dislike the media (0+ / 0-)

            I work in the media.

            I want it to be more responsible.  We need more journalism and less lazy opinion media.

            When I look at Barack Obama, I think about John F. Kennedy, who leaped over Hubert Humphrey's generation to bring in fresh voices and fresh ideas.-Bill Moyers

            by snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 02:04:58 PM PDT

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  •  How can you can about poor if you're rich (1+ / 0-)
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    Iddybud

    More genius from our brain dead press.  

    Elizabeth Edwards is my hero. JRE - the only candidate that matters.

    by StealthAmerica on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:42:18 PM PDT

  •  Hey snout, who you gonna call ? Feisty is good (0+ / 0-)

    goood and blase is bad..Blase lost us the majority, but feistiness will keep us and the others stirred...These stirring brings out the "Independents" and the "Perpetual complainers" and that is gooood...A Democratic fukin Tsunami is building and youse folks moan about a little lite brusing..Ah, they dont treat us nice ? Quit crying and stay feisty..No one cares but I am an Edwards supporter right after I saw and heard him in 2004 in Weirton and Wheeling West Virginia and was impressed then and remain sooo..We put up couple hundred signs for Kerry-Edwards in the Ohio Valley in 2004 and sure to top that this presidential election year..Yha, Dem HQ on Market Street in Steubenville Ohio will be Feisty for sure..Kicken rethug ass, top tooo botttom..Feisty is as feisty does snout...

    "Better a little late, than a little never"..Oscar Madison

    by Johnny Rapture on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:51:59 PM PDT

  •  Wow, aren't you clever? (0+ / 0-)

    You get the hit piece out in the guise or being disgusted by it.

    Get real, you're far to transparent in your opposition to Edwards as anyone can tell by your past comments by searching them yourselves.

    Really pathetic diary.

    •  You have real issues Philo (2+ / 0-)
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      witchamakallit, Potus2020

      I urge anyone who wants to to read through my diaries and my comments.  I defended Edwards against the haircut accusations and several other unfair memes.

      When I have critiqued Edwards it has been always been about substantive issues.  I've never written a hit diary on him once, and this is my second pro-Edwards diary.

      I happen to like John Edwards an awful lot.  It is supporters of his on DKos like yourself that frankly disgust me.

      When I look at Barack Obama, I think about John F. Kennedy, who leaped over Hubert Humphrey's generation to bring in fresh voices and fresh ideas.-Bill Moyers

      by snout on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 01:59:06 PM PDT

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  •  He should put his money in a plastic bag (0+ / 0-)

    and bury it in his yard. That would be the proper thing to do. Otherwise he could not care about anyone, rich, poor or otherwise (except for himself and his immediate family). Those are the rules.

    The bolding of Halliburton is not an accident. It is presumably the whole reason for bolding the names of the corporations in the first place.

    If Edwards only bought government bonds, he would be deemed a socialist purist unwilling to participate in a capitalist economy. His crime is that he actually cares about something besides getting the rich richer. This is unacceptable to 99% of American media.  

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 02:12:25 PM PDT

    •  this is idiocy. (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Snark (0+ / 0-)

        I am just trying to explain, obviously badly, how media fools think. Roosevelts, Kennedys, and legions of other wealthy people care about the poor and make money in the stock market. So do I. I am more than comfortable and have been on the political left all my adult life. I have contributed to Edwards' campaign. This meme of he must be a hypocrite because he has money (and invests it) is outrageous and silly. I thought that that would be clear.

        We have only just begun and none too soon.

        by global citizen on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 04:11:49 PM PDT

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  •  They look at me w/suspicion at the Rescue Mission (1+ / 0-)
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    anonyMoses

    When I go to volunteer at the Rescue Mission and any of my other assorted commuity voluteer activities, they don't say "She looks like she has an expensive hairdo; let us see her bank account; get her out of our sight."

    I have never walked away feeling unappreciated or judged ufairly. There's so many in need who could care less about where I worked or how much money I personally had made. They knew I was there for them. That was what was important.

    Politics is a public service, too. If John is President, he won't be making the level of money to which he is accustomed in his private pursuits. What he chooses to do he chooses because it is his calling. We want our leaders to be conscientious, but we don't really expect, the way American politics works, that they will be Mother Theresa's or Dalai Lama's, do we now?

    I personally don't care in the least that John worked for a financial institution with loose subprime lender connections. I know that, when he looked closely during the short time that he worked for them, he saw how unfair the system was and by having had the experience, now chooses to do something serious about changing it.

    I worked for an insurance company - the kind of corporation many of you would say was the Devil Incarnate.

    It never changed who I was inside.

    I expect that many Americans are smart enough to figure these things out for themselves.

    I also hope - sometimes against hope - that the media will treat all of our candidates fairly. I've witnessed them framing Edwards as a phony, and to that I have to say:  "Fuck them".

  •  Funny no mention (0+ / 0-)

    of his municipal bonds. He reinvested in the NC economy as well.

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